My fiance and I stayed here for a total of 3 nights while in Costa Rica on our honeymoon this September. The short story: its a very nice, comfortable place to stay at a very affordable price. I highly recommend it!
Heres the long story.
Back in mid 2008 I stayed here several nights with a large group while on a trip. We stayed in the rooms which had yet to be renovated, and while they were decent, they were in definite need of attention. The place was recently purchased by a new owner from the USA, and major changes were underway. They were in the process of renovating all the rooms, as well as adding on a new Martini Bar and restaurant. Because of all the construction, it was understandably a bit disorderly.
Skip forward to 2011 and the renovations are now complete. The place is beautiful! All rooms now feature queen or king sized beds with memory foam mattresses. The bar and restaurant area is absolutely stunning. Every worker I encountered was very helpful, and though some didn't speak much english, they tried their best to help in any way possible. There is now free wifi throughout the hotel, and amazingly, free international calling. There are also 3 computers with internet available for use of hotel patrons.
The only downfalls, which I personally consider small, are these: a) the hotel is near the red light district (prostitution is legal in Costa Rica) so you may see an older man and his prostitute making their way to his room. This happened to us only once out of the three nights we stayed, so it really wasn't a big deal. And, b) the hotel is right beside a train which starts to run in the early hours of the morning.
Because of these two things, I don't recommend this hotel to families or those wanting to sleep in late.
To me, these things are quite small in the big picture. The place is comfortable, within walking distance of many attractions, and staff is friendly. The owner was actually down in the restaurant area for quite a while on our last night in the country chatting it up with the patrons.
Its amazing to see how far this place has come in just a few years. We will definitely be back on future visits to Costa Rica!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- South Beach Miami meets Costa Rican Culture. Located in Barrio Otoya and Amon, upon entering the Hotel you see the beautiful Art Deco Tile and Marble, surrounded by rich, dark native wood beams and floors. 34 rooms include 6 Penthouse Suites with King beds, 24 jet Jacuzzi tubs and personal dry sauna as well as, another 26 Luxury Rooms with either King or Queen size beds. All rooms have 80 channels of Cable TV with HBO and Cinemax, flat screen TVs, hardwire and wireless internet access, refrigerator, digital safe and luxurious mattresses. You will find these quiet Barrio's are away from the noise and traffic of downtown but still only a short 5 minute walk to all of San Jose's main attractions - The National Theatre, Museums, Shops, Restaurants, Casino's, Nightlife and Exotic Parks. As always free wireless, long distance calls to USA and Canada and laundry. Breakfast included in price. Ask about our ALL INCLUSIVE options. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, All domestic Beer and Wine, Well Drinks, 50% off top shelf. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Amistad Hotel
- La Amistad San Jose